Blended learning is a teaching practice developed to meet the needs of 21st-century learners. It is methodology that can be used in all learning contexts, from face-to-face classrooms through to totally online learning environments.
It requires all students to use digital as well as traditional learning tools to:
- Investigate and acquire information in a variety of ways, both under the direction of a teacher and as an autonomous learner,
- Collaborate and share, understand and process information using their prior knowledge and new learning,
- Create and develop new knowledge or insight, solutions to problems or products that demonstrate learning.
It requires all teachers to:
- critically reflect upon their Quality Teaching practices,
- acquire new knowledge and skills in the use of contemporary collaborative technologies to improve student learning and
- incorporate appropriate digital technologies into their teaching practice.
Blended learning has many advantages for ALL students. The underlying power of the technologies diminishes the impact of isolation by giving students access to a wide range of teachers, curriculum materials, learning experiences and sources of knowledge that can extend well beyond the local environment.
Blended learning is integral to successful teaching in contemporary rural and distance education settings because of its capacity to give isolated learners an experience of peer interaction and collaborative social learning.
Blended learning resource
The purpose of this resource is for teachers to develop understandings and strategies to facilitate learning in a blended environment. This resource will assist teachers in blending Quality Teaching practices with contemporary ICTs and appropriate hardware to maximise student educational outcomes.
This work was developed collaboratively between the then NSWDET Country Areas Program Regional Consultants in conjunction with the NSWDET Rural and Distance Education Unit. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License. © 2010
Suggested further reading
- The Blended Learning Resource can be downloaded below in both Word and PDF formats.
- Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki, about 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
- 21st Century Fluency Project
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